This Assessment was originally developed by the Oregon ASD Commission and revised in 2016 by the ASD Advisory Group to assist school districts with the following:
OrPATS workshops are scheduled in each of the 8 regions as necessary. Click here for currently scheduled workshops.
Each region of the state can nominate a team to participate in the project. These sites will receive comprehensive training and materials. The 2017-2019 sites selected can serve preschool and elementary or secondary students.
An OrPATS training site at Grant High School was recently featured on KGW news. There was a segment on a community routine this program has set up allowing students to visit New Seasons and pick up lunch!
Click Here to view the Developing A Comprehensive Program: Oregon COSA Presentation.
New Autism Specialist/Consultant Workshop Now Offered
Click Here for information on the 2-Day New Autism Specialist Workshop.
Dr. Joel Arick presented at the OCALICON Conference in Columbus, OH on the OrPATS Project and capacity building initiatives in Oregon. Additionally, Dr. Arick participated in the National Autism Leadership Summit (NALS). NALS gathers leaders from multiple systems of services and supports to promote networking and information sharing across various levels of scale, perspective, and location.
A recent peer reviewed journal article was published in the Autism Research and Treatment Journal. The researchers examined whether using a curriculum based assessment as a supplemental assessment alongside a standardized assessment was helpful in determining the benefits of early intervention programming for children with autism spectrum disorder. The tool used was an adapted Student Learning Profile from The STAR Program (Arick, Loos, Falco and Krug, 2004) in which a few items for students’ birth to 3 years of age were added from the parent training program Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism (Ingersoll and Dvortcsak, 2010). It is exciting research as these are two curricula that are used in OrPATS classrooms across the state of Oregon! The research proposed that while standardized assessments are invaluable assessments, the use of a curriculum based assessment can help provide critical information to accurately measure a child’s abilities and a quick and effective tool to document the child’s progress. Click here to view the full article.
The OrPATS training site at St Helens High School was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Spectrums Magazine for some of their outstanding work with students with ASD. Click here to read more about the SHINE (Students Helping Inspire Non-Judgmental Equality) Club.
In several of the past years of the OrPATS project we have participated in the NWPBIS annual conference and coach’s conference. Sheldon Loman, Portland State University and Joel Arick, OrPATS project director have coordinated a strand of the conference on supporting students with autism. OrPATS staff have presented several sessions within the autism strand.